Kathy's Dog Haven

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Kathy L.

31 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 30 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Kathy's Resident Pets

Mixed Breed
9 yr 0 mo old
Mixed Breed
4 yr 8 mo old
Mixed Breed
1 yr 2 mo old
Mixed Breed
0 yr 11 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Kathy's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Kathy

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
PLEASE NOTE: I require all dogs to be up-to-date on core vaccines (rabies/distemper) as well as bordetella and that they regularly use flea and tick products. A copy of their vaccination record will be requested.

DROP-OFF TIMES: Flexible (early morning acceptable).

PICK-UP TIMES. Please plan to pick-up by 1:00 PM. Later pick-up times will require adding $20 to the reservation for daycare services.

**NEW: Facebook business page to view videos/photos! https://www.facebook.com/kathysdoghaven

Hello there!

I'm married with 2 teenage children (ages 15 & 16). I'm retired and my husband works from home so someone is always here to supervise the animals in our home. We have 4 rescue dogs of our own and 2 ragdoll cats. Our animals are very well socialized because they have been exposed to many dogs of all different ages and sizes. I have cared for a significant number of puppies and I have no issues having puppies in my home who may still require potty training.

I have been a volunteer with a licensed K9 rescue organization for over a year. I foster dogs for them (over 100 have been cared for in my home!), conduct adoption interviews and I am also the animal vetting records coordinator. I LOVE spending my time taking care of dogs - I feel like I have finally found my life's passion!

We have a very large and securely fenced yard (about 40,000 sq ft) and live at the end of a cul-de-sac. Behind my property (accessed from my yard) is a secluded road through the woods leading to the water shed area and it is a beautiful place for long nature walks, which take us around the lake (rarely are there vehicles as it is restricted to logging access). Weather permitting, I like to spend a lot of time outside. When inside, pet guests have access to the main level of my home...typically spending the most time in the family room, kitchen and office.

I believe that dogs should spend their days playing and having fun and I enjoy making sure that they do that in a safe and loving environment. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me - I hope to have the opportunity to care for your pets in the near future!

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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained

Kathy L.

31 Reviews
14 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 30 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 26, 2016


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Kathy's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Kathy's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
31 Reviews
This was the first time we used Kathy to take care of our dog, and we were very pleased! After meeting her we were very comfortable leaving our pet in her care. Mango was excited about staying with her, and clearly enjoyed himself. We will definitely use her again.
My 11lb Havanese loved his stay with Kathy and her dog & human family. I was somewhat nervous of him mixing with larger dogs but Kathy is very good at reading and handling a group of dogs of all sizes. She quickly put me at ease. I really appreciate the photos and updates throughout the day as well. day 2 Bear couldn't wait to get out of the car and join his new friends!
We were thrilled to find such a wonderful home for our pup to visit while we were away. Kathy was wonderful to work with! Our pup can't wait to go on vacation again!
We were very nervous to leave our dogs while we were away but Kathy eased all our concerns. She's incredibly knowledgeable about dogs and you can tell she has a deep passion for them. She was extraordinarily kind and patient with one of our dogs who has behavioral problems in addition to caring for our two others.. She sent us regular updates and photos of our dogs which we appreciated so much.

Her yard is spacious and completely secure. There is a lot of room for dogs to play outside as well as plenty of space for them indoors. It truly felt like our dogs had been treated like they were her own. We needed to end our trip a few days early and Kathy was extremely flexible with us and we had no issues on our return. Will be recommending Kathy to all our friends with dogs and we will certainly be returning.
Kathy came through when we needed her on a whim, she was very flexible in scheduling, has a gorgeous house with a nice big yard our little furbaby had so much running around in. Thank you Kathy~
Extremely pleased with our experience at Kathy's Dog Haven. Kathy seems fully dedicated to caring for dogs with any need. Her yard is expansive and her home - comfortable and immaculate - has been purposely configured so that she can properly care for pets that may need separation for feeding, sleeping or play. At drop-off and pick-up (on nice days in October) Kathy was in her yard supervising and enjoying the company of her canine guests. And though I was traveling, I was pleasantly interrupted more than once by photos and videos of my little poodle-guy, Looper, fully enjoying himself. I live on eastern Long Island. My other dog was staying with a friend nearby in CT. I can honestly say I may very well spend the extra several hours needed in each direction so that my dogs can spend time in the high quality of Kathy's care. She's THAT good. I highly recommend you consider her service.
Kathy is a very nice sitter. Her home and yard take all the dog's needs into consideration. You can tell she really loves what she does. Buddy misses all the new friends he made.
Kathy was amazing. She was very flexible with pickup and drop off times even when I contacted her only a day or two before our appointment. She has a big, fenced in backyard with plenty of room for play. She even had me come by the day before to make sure my dog got along with the others, which were all very well trained/behaved. I will definitely be using her again and recommend her to anyone looking for her services.
Reese seemed quite happy with his stay. I was pleased with her surroundings as there was lots of space for the dog to get around.
I seriously could not be happier with Kathy and her family and how well they cared for my dogs during my two week vacation. I HATE leaving them even for an hour and as soon as I dropped off my puppies and spent a little time talking to Kathy I felt so much more comfortable, especially seeing how happy they were playing in the big yard with Kathy's adorable pups. In addition, she was so responsive when I would check in, and I loved seeing all the updates on her Facebook page. :) Would not hesitate to recommend her service to anyone. In fact, I already have! We will be back! Thank you so much!
Kathy was great! We loved how she sent us multiple pictures each day of our 4 dogs and we know the dogs enjoyed all the playtime they got to have. This was our first time using Kathy, and after the first visit, we knew our dogs were in good hands while we were gone which made our trip much more relaxing.
We would highly recommend Kathy and we plan on using her again in the future!
We were so nervous to leave our fur baby in a kennel. We were so lucky to find Kathy's Dog Haven as an alternative. Our boxer Bella was treated like part of the family and got to spend the entire time with new doggie friends and even got to snuggle on the couch too. Will definitely be going back!
Kathy did a great job waking Hobbs! He looked very happy in the pictures she sent. Thank you!
From initial contact, to meet-and-greet, through the day of sitting, Kathy was very professional and welcoming to our dog Reece and flexible in scheduling drop-off and pick-up times. The video and pictures posted to her Facebook page were great and helped to explain why he slept extra long the next morning!! EXHAUSTED!! He was also very mellow the next day - I seriously think he missed all his new friends and now has to wait for his next visit! If you want someone reliable knowledgeable, then stop looking elsewhere and book with Kathy!
Pani had a great stay!
Teddy said he really enjoyed his time there.
Kathy is Excellent! She is very caring and is very focused on what is best for my dog ( and others).
A great communicator with updates , thought and needs for the plan of care for my big boy Duke for each day that he was there. Highly recommend!
She is assured my repeat business ,as well as. Being highly recommended to other !
Kathy was absolutely amazing. Our dog had a blast, judging from the photos and videos and has been tired since coming home - a good sign that she got lots of play time. Highly recommend!
Kathy was a great host. Very welcoming and always kept updating daily on Belleza's activities. Will definitely be rebooking with her.
Kathy was absolutely fantastic!! Now that our last kid is off to college, our 10 month old chocolate lab has truly become our baby. It's hard to go away, wondering how your dog is doing back home. We didn't have to wonder this time though. Kathy sent us pictures and videos every day of our girl playing with all of her new doggie friends! Lucy definitely wants to go back to Kathy's for her next Vacay!!
I think my 2 Golden Retrievers had a good time in Kathy's house. She has a really nice house and back yard arrangement for dogs. When people love animals you can see it. I highly recommend Kathy to another dogs owners. I give her my +5. Thank you Kathy and your family for taking care of my girls. Best wishes from NY. :)
One word: Fantastic! Kathy was on point from first contact. Personable, professional, friendly and kind-hearted are a few words to describe her. Our Chippy was very well cared for and received tons of stimulation while on "sleep over." He got to play and socialize with other dogs and returned to us a better friend. Why would anyone use a kennel when there's a family willing and capable of providing care and love?
Kathy was absolutely fabulous. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about caring for dogs. She is very meticulous in making sure she understands your dog as well as your hopes for you dog's experience. Also, her backyard in incredible! Brooklyn came home totally wiped out from having such a blast at Kathy's. I will definitely be going to Kathy to watch my dog again, as I know she will be in great hands. Thanks, Kathy!
The reservation process was quick and easy. Kathy truly loves the fur babies and demonstrated this by sleeping down stairs on the coach to ease our Hunter's separation anxiety. Kathy was on the same page as us with regards to feeding and provided us with recipes for natural dog biscuits! When ever we need someone to watch Hunter we'll contact Kathy.

Karen Leslie
I highly recommend using Kathy as your dogvacay destination! She and her family were fantastic with our puggle Pepe. Not only did she take great care of him (lots of exercise, playtime & cuddle time), she also gave us tips & insights to my dogs behavior and overall well-being. She is truly passionate & knowledgable about pups, and we are looking forward to future visits!
Kathy is WONDERFUL! Excellent quick communication, flexibility, and kind! We have had some troubles with our dog's tummy and Kathy recommended products to turn him around. We were floored when we got video of our dog playing in a pool and having fun with other dogs. The photos and video helped us feel comfortable that our dog was not only behaving but having a good time. The backyard was huge and fenced in so our dog was able to run around and be himself. We will definitely be in touch for future visits. "Thank you" just isn't enough!
Max had an awesome time at Kathy's Dog Haven!! Couldn't be any happier with his stay and the resident pups were great! Kathy sent us many pics of how comfortable and happy Max was which allowed us to fully enjoy our own Vacay.
Stetson had a great time with Kathy and her dogs. I felt very comfortable that he was being taken good care of and he came home nice and tired. Great fenced yard to play in!
My pup was exhausted after a weekend playing and romping with Kathy and the other dogs at her place. And a tired pup is a happy pup! She took great care of him and made sure he was right at home. I will definitely go to her next time my husband and I have to leave town.
Kathy was great! She really helped us out when we were in a bind last minute. We will definitely be back next time!
Our 2 dogs stayed at Kathy's for the week end, the home was amazing, they were given freedom as well as supervision and also were able to enjoy a huge fenced in yard to run around in and also went on walks twice a day in a beautiful wooded area. Kathy asked a lot of questions and had a great deal of experience in caring for dogs.Kathy wanted to know everything that could make their stay more seamless and we couldn't be happier with finding such a great place with other dogs as well as 2 teens who also love animals.
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